I have yet another example of how third party insurance rules obstruct efficient patient care. I was asked to see a patient with fibromyalgia who was asking about about the drug Lyrica she heard about on television (one example of how direct to consumer marketing increases health care expenses). Lyrica is about the only medication approved by the FDA to treat fibromyalgia. I don’t know if it really works or if it’s just an expensive placebo effect.
Maybe fibromyalgia is all in the head, and that’s why this medication works. I don’t really care. I know it’s FDA approved, which means it has more going for it than most pharmaceuticals used for off label purposes. At least doctors who prescribe Lyrica for fibromyalgia aren’t going to get charged with homicide for prescribing medications for unapproved reasons. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at The Happy Hospitalist Blog*